Help your child to have a happy return to school

The following are some suggestions for parents to assist their children to have a good transition back into the classroom after an extended absence.

Help your child to have a happy return to school
To ensure a smooth transition back to school, here are some suggestions for parents. Photo by Kenny Eliason / Unsplash

After a long holiday period, both parents and students face a new stage of adaptation with the return to school, and, naturally, certain concerns about the safety and well-being of their children appear. Below I share the following recommendations to safeguard a smooth return to school and promote peace of mind in families:

It is important to have as a lifestyle a healthy routine that includes the practice of good habits of hygiene, nutrition, physical activity, recreation, and a favorable sleep schedule for both the child and the adult.

Fostering harmonious interpersonal relationships among all members of the family reduces stress, also allows the family to be the main support network, and allows communication between family members to be strengthened.

This allows children and young people to share their life experiences in and out of school, allowing parents to be close and build a bond of trust with their children and be able to act promptly in any circumstance that requires guidance and support in this important stage of their lives.

Collaborative work. The school and parents are the same teams, each one from their role and their trench, we seek to form people with values, autonomous and that contribute through their talent to forge a better world, for this, it is of utmost importance that all action, reflection and that which revolves around children and young people, answer the following question: What value, attitude, habit or learning life I am guiding?

Let us attend to our children and youth with our ears, with our eyes, with all our senses, especially with our soul; the time, but above all the quality of the time we dedicate to them is essential to sow self-confidence and self-esteem, pillars of healthy self-esteem.

More coexistence, more art, more sports, fewer electronic devices, and fewer hours of television. Encouraging discipline, encouraging them to develop their talents, favors their evolutionary stage; leisure is undoubtedly necessary, however, the recommendation is that it should not become an alternative to escape from daily stress and lack of organization.

As the last point I recommend maintaining close communication with the school, objective, respectful and timely communication, it is very important to know the concerns of parents and in turn, remain open to the observations of educators and work together under the same purpose: the best formation of children and youth.

By Psychologist Mayra Berenice García López, from the Coordination of Student Accompaniment of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG). The author is a Supervisor of Educational Guidance at the UAG.